Stories & Updates from around the Studio

2020 Art and Photography Workshops

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Painting by Matt Smith

Workshop Roster for in 2020

Sean Cheetham | Figure (Studio) | April 2020

Angus Wilson | Still life (Studio) | April 2020

Huihan Liu | Figure (Plein Air) | April  2019

Calvin Liang | Landscape (Plein Air/Studio) | May 2020

Matt Smith | Landscape (Plein Air/Studio) | May 2020

Derek Penix | Still-life (Studio) | August 2020

Tiffanie Mang | Gouache Landscape (Plein Air) | August 2020

Terri Ford | Figure Master Class (Studio) | September 2020

Jim McVicker| Landscape at Point Lobos (Plein Air) | September 2020

Alan Ross & Ted Orland | Photography | September 2020

Alex Kanevsky | Figure Master Class (Studio) | October 2020

Karen Blackwood | Seascapes (Plein Air) | October 2020

Karl Dempwolf | Landscape (Plein Air) | October 2020

Jim McVicker Portrait Painting Demo

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Our DEMO NIGHT Series continues this week with Jim McVicker. Jim is coming from his home in coastal Humbolt County, so he is no newbie to seascapes. This is what his upcoming workshop will feature. However, on Sunday night, August 4th, 2019, Jim will be in the studio for all to see. Please join us while Jim paints a portrait of his sitter — Carmel Visual Arts’ Director — Rich Brimer. Jim said to CVA Director, Rich Brimer “If you’re going to sit, let’s do it!”

REGISTER HERE to come to the Carmel Visual Arts studio and watch live with refreshments!

The doors will open at 6pm for the reception. Then be ready at 6:30pm for the demo to begin.

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Carmel Visual Arts
3694 The Barnyard, F22
Carmel, CA 93923

Demo Nights at Carmel Visual Arts

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Carmel Visual Arts offer monthly painting demonstrations from today’s leading artists. Each event is open to the public however registration is recommended as space is limited. Your registration includes a reception at 6:30pm with light refreshments. Below is a list of upcoming events for you to choose from.

Peter Adams — Still Life Demo — Sunday, July 21, 2019 6:30pm

Jim McVicker — Portrait Demo — Sunday, Aug 4, 6:30pm

Aaron Schuerr — Pastel Demo — Sunday, Aug 25, 6:30pm

Randy Sexton — Figure Demo — Sunday, Oct 27 6:30pm


Recently we had Robert Lemler with us showing us all one of his styles by first drawing the layout on paper, then placing a translucent vellum sheet over then continuing through with a finished oil painting. Click below to watch the 90-minute session.

The Vintage Life of Bill Owens

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The Vintage Life of Bill Owens

by Carol Henry

 After a visit by Rich Brimer and myself to the home of photographer Bill Owens in preparation for his March 2019 exhibit The American Dream, at Carmel Visual Arts.

Bill’s collection of old-time pedal-cars. Photo by Carol Henry

Somewhere between downpours and rainbows, we turned on to Bill Owens’ street. His directions over the phone were implicit.­ “You will see a table on the side of the street next to a telephone pole. Turn in right there and go down the long driveway to my house.” Since his iconic photographs of the 1950s and 60s tract homes and their residents are iconic, I guess I was expecting Bill Owens to inhabit one of his photographs. But as we turned down his East Bay Area ocean view street, it looked newish, without the character that occupies an Owens image. Then, there by the right side of the road—in shin deep uncut grass—harboring a living room end table, next to a telephone pole was the drive. Just a signpost—you were about to enter Bill Owens country, and venture on at your own risk. (more…)

Art Exhibit — Point Lobos & Beyond 2018

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The California Art Club and the Carmel Visual Arts will present the exhibition Point Lobos and Beyond at the Carmel gallery from October 19 to November 30, 2018. The exhibition opens with a reception with the participating artists on Saturday, October 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.


ARTIST SPOTLIGHT — Alan Ross & Ted Orland

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We celebrate TWO artists in this feature looking at two photographic icons. The expertise combined between Ted Orland and Alan Ross would make the most sturdy tripod tremble! Coming back for another encore workshop, the combined camera duo will cover all of the photography bases with expertise in film and digital. Both photographers had worked one-on-one as assistants to Ansel Adams. They printed with him in his renowned Carmel Highlands home darkroom and traveled the roads in search of the classic landscape with Ansel, then continuing on to long photographic careers in exhibiting and teaching.


Alex Kanevsky and William Wray to discuss: “Notes to myself” — Diebenkorn’s 10 rules for painting

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Late in his career, Richard Diebenkorn wrote out ten points he thought useful when approaching the art of painting.  Two of our more contemporary painting instructors are William Wray and Alex Kanevsky. They will be coming together at 6:30pm on Friday, Oct 26, 2018—an evening between each of their workshops—to discuss these 10 “notes” he wrote to himself. As artists, we all approach our art making differently, in fact, each painting may have a different approach and motivation. So it will be a lively discussion to be sure. Here are the 10 points below so you can be ready to hear and see how Alex and William use these ideas in their approaches.


We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project by Kathryn Mayo

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We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project
by Kathryn Mayo

Carmel Visual Arts welcomes Kathryn Mayo, a photography professor at Cosumnes River College near Sacramento, with an exhibition of her wet plate collodion ambrotypes. The exhibition features Kathryn’s photographs from an important series titled: We Are Selma | The Selma Portrait Project.

Kathryn Mayo spent a year on sabbatical from teaching in California’s Central Valley to return to her native Selma, Alabama to photograph (more…)

2018 Painting Demonstrations Begin

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painting demonstrations

In our continued effort to provide quality cultural programing for the local art community, Carmel Visual Arts offers a unique series of monthly painting & photography demonstrations and lectures. World-class instructors will be here to teach multi-day workshops and you can get a unique glimpse into their instruction and painting approach by attending their demos before their workshops. Each evening doors will open by 6:00pm and program will start by 6:30pm. Refreshments included. (more…)

2018 Workshop Schedule

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Carmel Visual Arts offers a compelling line-up of fine art workshops from world-class professional artists.

Both painting and photography workshops throughout the year are available. Select a workshop below to find out more and register. (more…)